Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases, while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday – a record for the country.

With 16,973 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the overall number of infected in Spain has reached 1,005,295 people, according to data from the country’s health ministry.

The tally has doubled in just six weeks despite restrictions introduced by the government, including a two-week state of emergency in Madrid.

The death toll increased by 156, according to figures released on Wednesday, reaching 34,366 people in total to date. The daily fatality rate is much lower than the 900 figures registered at the peak of the outbreak in Spain in late March.

Hospital admissions increased by 20 percent over the last two weeks across Spain and by whopping 70 percent in Catalonia. Reuters reports that the spike may force hospitals in Barcelona to suspend non-urgent procedures and focus on Covid-19 patients. (RT)